The only way you haven’t heard Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars on the radio is if you’d been under a rock. Their hit, “Uptown Funk”, has had massive air play. Ronson’s song is a throwback to James Brown and Mars adds the vocals to make it into an instant classic.
So what can we learn from the song about worship?
The Value of Past and Present Together- The first engaging and intimate worship experience happened for Val and I when I was in college. We attended The Bridge, a service for students that saw over a thousand kids at two different meetings every Sunday night.
The church was blessed with talented musicians. The room was dark, the stage lit by candles. The songs were modern, relevant, and emotional. As you stood in the presence of God you felt a connection to the early church and their worship in the dark under the eyes of governmental persecution.
You Can Dance- A few months ago, we attended a worship concert with Kristian Stanfill. He covered Chris Tomlin’s song “God’s Great Dance Floor.” The music and the environment had you moving. Now, I know not everyone is down with that level of engagement during worship, but part of connecting with God is experiencing Joy. When was the last time you felt it?
Keep Looking Forward- As we consider worship in the church today, how will it progress? Technology will move forward whether or not the church is in step with it. What else could enhance worship? How do we find a balance between multi-sensory engagement and drawing an audience towards God?
Think of the untapped potential. What will worship look like in twenty years? Lights? Sounds? Art? Instruments, voices, and electronics? I can’t wait to find out.